Thorobreds want to finish what they started last season

By LINDA YOUNKIN State Journal Sports Writer Published:

Last season Kentucky State's football team went 3-8, with six losses coming by a total of 30 points.

This season the Thorobreds plan to finish what they start.

"We jumped out quick a lot last year, and then we ran out of gas," KSU coach Donald Smith said Sunday during the team's media day at Alumni Stadium. "This year we want to get better every day and play four full quarters.

"We're real excited," he added. "We feel like this is the year of completion. It's my third year here and we've been building the program, and it's not a quick fix.

"We've been ranked between fourth and eighth in our conference (the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference)," Smith said, "and I've told our players it's time to do it on the field. They know what they have to do. It's a matter of just doing it."

The Thorobreds will have 18 starters back this year, including pre-season all-conference picks linebacker Vernell Rogers and defensive lineman Sylvester Peoples, both seniors.

"One thing I can say about last year is we were young," Peoples said. "This year we're starting off right. After spring practice and this summer, this year big things are ahead of us. Everyone knows what to do, from the defensive line to the linebackers to the secondary. We have almost everyone back. We lost one player, a middle linebacker."

"The team unity is a lot better," Rogers said. "We're not playing as teammates now, we're playing as friends, and that makes a big difference.

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